One of the good ones And it was I think The Number One Indicator That number one indicator that wouldn t be weighed down with melodrama came when I think the number one indicator that Scratch wouldn t be weighed down with melodrama came when I the guy Daniel He s smart personable respectful doing well in school He s got his shit together I think I was giddy when I realized Daniel would not need saving in Scratch And so I proceeded to fall for him As does our main character Casey Now life can t be perfect or where would the story be right So yeah Casey has some issues But there were two things I loved about how Rhonda Helms wrote Casey s issues 1They are freaking REAL problems and not of her own making I don t want to spoil anything for you because learning all the details of how she ended up so incredibly scarred not just emotionally but physically is part of the story but her problems felt
seriously legitimate to me2Casey is as far as it gets from legitimate to me2Casey is as far as it gets from cry baby She s had a freaking hard hand dealt to her but she s living her life as best as she can She s working hard at work at school She s got something she loves in her music She has a great relationship with her grandparents who ve raised her She s just very withdrawn she doesn t trust easily or much understandably Even that though is something she s trying to work on So Daniel comes along and Casey starts pushing herself outside of her comfort zones Thanks to some pushes from him and her roommate she makes real strides But Rhonda didn t write Casey as a girl who needs or wants saving And that s the final reason I really enjoyed Scratch Daniel s a great guy and he d like nothing than to save Casey But that s not how it works in life people don t save you because it can t work that way You have to save yourself and so does Casey Scratch wasn t perfect there was some really stupid melodrama with the roommate that just didn t work for me In fact the roommate often didn t uite fit But as a whole Scratch was a really satisfying New Adult romance and I wouldn t hesitate picking up another book by Rhonda HelmsI received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Review 2 out of 5 starsThe premise is what originally intrigued me about Scratch a young girl with a traumatic past who puts her efforts into DJing and her studies whilst also finding an unlikely friend and eventual love but unfortunately it fell flat in execution for me and I was unable to fully appreciate the bookThe characters Casey is a college senior with a tragic past she isolates herself from everyone except her grandparents her days are spent studying and some nights DJing at a dance club Daniel is in Casey s Philosophy class and inserts himself into her life much to her reluctance he was an all round great guy with bucket loads of patienceWhat I enjoyed The build up to uick review for a fairly uick read I think the only thing I can say that was good about Scratch was that it was a mercifully uick read Oddly enough that was also the major problem with it This first read I ve perused by Rhonda Helms has an ironic name attached to it because reading this felt like the narrative only barely skimmed the surface of all the themes it chose to touch upon for the story The idea for the premise actually isn t bad at all a girl passionate about music DJing at a club has to grapple with events of her past while finding love at the same time It s formulaic but I thought I d be in for a better read than what was handed to me And that cover man It s a good cover I love the colors and the thematicpromise of a music themeBut that s all it was an empty promiseThe writing in this was terrible I id you not Besides the paint by numbers adaptation of New Adult thematics I think the writing was the thing that ruined this narrative for me the most It was far too shallow with its presentation of everything from the heroine s problems to the instalust between Casey and Daniel to justeverything It s not the plot itself that s the problem because a better writer could ve made that formula work Here Dude no I ve never read a heroine whose nipples pebbled so much at the mere touch or just for standing in the vicinity of the hero Or the way she ept saying over and over again that she never felt anything like insert experience here before It beats you over the head and the emotion feels forced and falseAnd I still can t get over how one can fluff their boobs Yeah I can t recommend this one sadly There are much better narratives that actually take the time and energy to develop their characters scenarios and tragic circumstances with much maturity and value than this did and it was to its own disservice that the presentation did not work for itOverall score 055 starsNote I received this as an ARC from NetGalley from the publisher. R bubble and back into a world that's messy and unpredictable He doesn't now about the deep scars that pucker her stomach or the deeper secret behind them Since the violent night when everything changed Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again Now she might be tempted to I received a copy in exchange for a honest reviewAs with most
OF NEW ADULT BOOKS SCRATCH ISNew Adult books Scratch is emotional romance between two college aged characters one of which is scarred and broken In Scratch we meet Casey and Daniel In some ways Casey is not your typical New Adult character After a violent event in her childhood Casey closed herself off from people What I loved about Casey was the fact that she was a DJ She can pour her heart and soul into her music Casey is able to express herself with music in ways she can t with people However I would have loved to see of Casey in her element She loves being able to watch people move on the dance floor nowing that it is her music that sets them free The change she goes through in the story is remarkable With Daniel and her roommate by her side Casey gets the courage to talk about her roommate by her side Casey gets the courage to talk about past and create connections with her classmates As for Daniel he was the perfect boyfriend He wants Casey to be happy and he hopes that she ll find happiness with him Although he does go about it all wrong He pushes her to face her past and nearly pushes too far The majority of their relationship is focused on Daniel trying to get Casey to tell him the truth about what happened to her family We learn a lot about Daniel through Casey s eyes but other than the fact that he s from a loving family we really don t get to now much about him This is one book where I wished we had gotten both perspectives and I think it would have given Daniel depth I respected how slowly Casey and Daniel s relationship progressed They start off as simply classmates before it grew into friendship and eventually their romance blossomed I felt that pacing of their relationship was perfect Never once did I wish they moved faster or wished they would slow down Overall I thought Scratch was an enjoyable book with two characters I could find myself rooting for I wanted Casey to overcome her past and to have some Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography kind of a future with Daniel Scratch was my introduction into the author s world and I look forward to becoming acuainted with Rhonda s work in the future 35 Stars Casey s the resident DJ at a local club in her little college town She likes watching from afareeping everyone at arms length and up in that DJ booth she f ARC via NetGalley 4 StarsThis book starts out with our Heroine Casey She s a DJ at a local dance club and she s also a recluse She enjoys watching people and seeing everybody enjoy her music Just as long as she s by herself behind her booth She doesn t have many friends and that s only because she doesn t make herself available nor approachable to other people There s this saying Leave your past in your past And Casey is making sure she is doing just that One night while Casey is DJ ing Daniel buys her a beer at the club and has the server deliver it to her She doesn t like beer but out of courtesy she takes a sip and then retreats back into her hole of a DJ booth Daniel is immediately taken aback by her There s just something about her that tells him to hang on and The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, keep chipping at her walls Henows she has some secrets and possibly some demons so he patiently waits And while he waits he get to now Casey a little better I enjoyed their relationship as Daniel was a patient guy even though he did eventually cave and drag some answers out of her Overall I enjoyed the book I felt that there could ve been a bit elaboration in the story Some parts felt unbalanced I get that the title Scratch was in correlation to her being a DJ but I got the whole DJ vibe maybe only 15% of the book ARC from Netgalley for an honest reviewReview coming soonWonderfulamazingsurprisingmovingemotionalgut wrenching story about Casey a DJ She s a seniorI was sold since the cover and wanna scratch this story about this girl finding her solace in music and not getting involved with people Her grandparents raised her after a tragic loss of all her family She lives in her own bubble where she nows where her boundaries are and where anticipation is not welcomed She tried to be invisible even if she worked in in a club She needs to feel safeShe had her routine go to class studying having dinner with her grandma and grandpa deejaying One day when Working at the club she met Daniel a guy from her philosophical class who noticed her but she s too focus being invisible that she wasn t aware that she attracted him He offered her a drink It was the beginning of their relationship they spent a lot of times together and their feelings getting stronger everyday but she can t let her past go and ind of tear them apartDaniel seemed to be the opposite of Casey always smiling sociable and friendly person I like how he put Casey at ease making her confortable always caring for herHe suspects something but when he discovers. The most painful scars are the ones you never see In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club Casey feels a sense of connection that's the closest she ever gets to normal On her college campus she's reserved practical all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person Her past he understood her and tries to help her but not in a good way He can t stand watching her sufferCasey is so wrecked emotionally that she can t opened up It was so hard to readIt broke my heartThis story is so fully charged of emotions and even we can t put in Casey s shoes we can totally experience all of it This is a beautiful lesson of love but especially grieving and forgiving after such a trauma event learn to live again surrounded by the people you loveI recommend it and i definitely buying this book in paperbackit deserves its place in my collection One of my favorites read of this yearCan t wait for all the upcoming books by this author Okay the premise of this story really caught my attention I mean how often do we get to go behind the scenes with a deejay I was really excited to see the club world through the eyes of someone who was so passionate about music I new that Casey was holding something back she had a secret but I thought as the story unfolded and we learned everything about her I would like her even Unfortunately the connection never really happened for me I felt like when I watch the news on tv and something bad happens It s sad you feel badyou have twinge of guilt for feeling happy that it wasn t anyone you The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl knew but that was it for me I never really FELT what Casey was feeling Not that the tragedies are the same but if you take for example This is Falling by Ginger Scott it s a similar plot in that wenow something happens but we don t uite Exile and Pilgrim know what it ishowever in that story I felt what she felt It tore at my heart and made me feel This story had potential but didn t uite live up to it like I had hoped On the plus side it was a uick read so if you think it might interest you I d say go ahead and give it a try There will be plenty of people who really like this story but for me it was just missing enough story ARC provided via Net Galley 4 HEARTSARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI really enjoyed reading this book It wasn t what I expected When I started it I was a bit hesitant because I wasn t that all into it but I think it was just me and not the book I think I was just in a funk so I put it on hold and started another book and then got back to this and after that I didn t have any problems getting pulled into the story I love Daniel He s not your typical college guy He was sweet and caring and wasn t a jerkCasey had a lot of issues She bare scars on the inside and outside She didn t let people in and had everybody at arms length except her grandparents Casey had an ugly past that she was trying toeep buried When Casey met Daniel everything changed for her She opened up and slowly begin to trust and let people in but that didn t last long She struggles to let go of her past Will Daniel stay by her side to pull her out of the darkness she s created for herself I guess you ll just have to read it to find out This book is sweet and easy to read nothing too complicated so why have I given this book only 4 well it missed some essential push factor in it Nodding the head Lets start with DanielHe is your usual charming BF who does not have any vices yes women he does not sleep around very serious with whom he wants to spend time with so there is a breather phewHe has a perfect family a good life but the thing is the author does not elaborate much on his personal life So there you go he is a perfect guy D who meets Casey in the club where she works as a DJ Yes LADIES you read it right a DJHe helps her out a DJ Yes you read
IT RIGHT A DJHE HELPS HERright a DJHe helps her during time of need and in the end what happens well Read itCaseyShe is a DJ WooHoo She is sweet girl who prefers to stay withing herself She is a girl with a very trouble past and is in need for someone to save her here is where thing gets commonRolls EyesAnyhoo loved they way they meet D apparently Daniel is also in Casey s Philosophy class DI found their time in classroom and the time they study together to be uite swoony D Now their taste in music is same so they bond on music too I snuck and listened to it the whole time I took the uiz he admitted with a crooked grin on this face Professor Wilkins would have loved that I said drolly but on the inside my heart flipped with glee I removed my earbud and tucked it in his hand That s all yours He brushed a sweet iss across my brow I m all yours This is in all a sweet beautiful read where there is a mix of angst and sweetness I just wish there had been of an Epilogue and Casey had chance with her music I also loved the secondary characters For Me 4 Njoy This review appeared first at Fantasy is More FunI like New Adult but I m also cautious about picking a NA book They can be MORE angsty than YA thanks to broken heroes and heroines saving each other But Scratch looked like it could be. Ut inexplicably Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she's put up Like Casey he's a senior In every other way he's her opposite Sexy open effortlessly charming Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings For some reason Casey can't fathom he's intent on drawing her out of he.